business news PS5 vs Xbox: Sony offered PlayStation Plus to Microsoft, but refused Game Pass on its consoles
Also in the context of the takeover of Activision-Blizzard by Microsoft, new interesting information emerges from the various files. In this case, it is Sony who discloses some crisp details.
It’s a good war
Before Microsoft can buy Activision-Blizzard, the American giant must have the green light from the various regulatory authorities. Necessarily, sony – which formally opposes this merger, in particular for fear of a growing Game Pass which could then grant itself Call of Duty – tries everything for everything to prevent the acquisition.
It is therefore to convince the British CMA that the Japanese firm has published a file including some anecdotes of size. As a reminder, Microsoft revealed some time ago that Sony had refused its proposal to bring Xbox Game Pass to PS4 and PS5.then pushing back the possibility of seeing Microsoft exclusives on its machines.
Here, Sony has just admitted… that Microsoft had done the same on its side, refusing PlayStation Plus on Xbox machines.
It is therefore in the file sent to the CMA that we can read, black on white, that Sony has obviously offered to put PlayStation Plus on Xbox platforms.
Microsoft’s position that the availability of Game Pass on PlayStation would be compensation for the damages caused by the takeover (of Activision-Blizzard, editor’s note) rings particularly hollow given that Microsoft does not allow the availability of PlayStation Plus on Xbox .
Like Microsoft, which wanted to put its Game Pass on PlayStation, without success, Sony would therefore have offered the same thing with its PS Plus at Xbox… also without success. A real showdown between the two competitors that lasts and lasts, the takeover of the American publisher constantly serving as fuel on the fire.
As a reminder, if all goes well, the merger between Activision-Blizzard and Microsoft should be effective in early 2023.